GEO PM is amazed about Ukrainian government talking to Saakashvili

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In an interview to Georgian Public Broadcaster aired on 6 March, Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili talked about former President Mikheil Saakashvili's recent activity in regards with the events unfolding in Ukraine.

"I am really amazed how, after all, the current Ukrainian government talks with Mikehil Saakashvili?! I was told that he has been invited as an advisor [to Ukraine]. I do not want to interfere in their affairs, but when the Security Minister [of Ukraine] talks with him [Saakashvili] and seeks his advice, it is, I think, a mistake and a grave mistake because Saakashvili is the person who failed to avoid the [Russia-Georgia] war in 2008 - he responded to the provocation and we got what we got. When in a critical situation you have such adventurer as an advisor, I think, it is a very grave mistake. As I am told, he [Saakashvili] has arrived there with his uncle who, by the way, has an interesting past in terms of cooperation with Russian special services. According to my information, he is a former KGB colonel and you know that there are no 'formers' in that service... I would like to merely give a friendly piece of advice to those people [current Ukrainian officials] not to listen to Saakashvili's recommendations because I find it difficult to believe that he can give any friendly and useful advice to them. This person [Saakashvili] was not able to do good things for his own people," Garibashvili said.

Garibashvili warns the Ukrainian government "to take into account Mikheil Saakashvili's biography, his character, his adventuristic approach to issues. I was told that [Georgia's former Interior Minister and current minority MP] Gia Baramidze is an advisor to the [Ukrainian] Interior Minister. Yesterday I was also told that they are going to invite [former Justice Minister] Zurab Adeishvilli as an advisor as well as [former chair of the Constitutional Security Department of the Interior Ministry] Data Akhalaia as another advisor. We have experienced the effect of activities of these people on ourselves and have seen what sort of catastrophe they led Georgia to. Having such people next to oneself during a crisis is tantamount to committing a suicide," Garibashvili said.

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